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Port Everglades

Steven M. Cernak, P.E., PPM
Chief Executive & Port Director

Mission Statement

As a powerhouse for international trade, travel and investment, Port Everglades leverages its world-recognized South Florida facilities and innovative leadership to drive the region’s economic vitality and provide the highest levels of service, safety, environmental stewardship and community accountability.

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At the crossroads of North-South and East-West trade, Port Everglades is one of the nation’s leading container ports, handling nearly one million TEUs annually and serving as a gateway to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Located in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Port Everglades is in the heart of one of the world’s largest consumer regions, including approximately 110 million residents plus seasonal visitors within a 500-mile radius.

Ongoing capital improvements and expansion ensure that Port Everglades remains Florida’s top container port. As part of the Port Everglades 20-year Master/Vision Plan, the Port is moving forward with expansion projects that are expected to be completed over the next five years and are designed to increase productivity and throughput.

Construction is moving swiftly as Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) moves forward on a $53 million, 43-acre intermodal container transfer facility (ICTF) on port property that will be used to transfer domestic and international shipping containers between ship and rail beginning in mid-2014.

To enhance productivity for over-the-road container movement, Port Everglades has realigned McIntosh Road, the main roadway in the Port’s Southport containerized cargo area, with a multi-lane right-turn-only loop road.

The Port is also adding new cargo berths in its Southport Turning Notch extension project, which will lengthen the existing deep-water turn-around area for cargo ships from 900 feet to 2,400 feet. Super Post-Panamax gantry cranes, will also be added to serve the existing Southport container berths, and the crane rails will be extended to the full length of the existing Turning Notch berth to use the existing cranes. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Port Everglades is advancing a 17-year effort to deepen and widen its navigational channels and turning basin to handle larger cargo ships. Main features of the project are to deepen the main navigational channels from 42 feet to 48 feet (plus 1-foot required and another 1-foot allowable overdepth for a total of 50 feet) and to widen the Entrance Channel.

As Port Everglades continues to advance major infrastructure projects with a plan for future growth, all aimed at improving productivity, this South Florida powerhouse seaport serves as an ideal point of entry for products shipped around the world.

Port Everglades
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Toll free: 1-800-421-0188